Streaming service Peacock is increasing its offerings with a new deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
The companies said Tuesday that starting in 2022, all Universal films, including the new “Jurassic World” and “Minions” films, will be available exclusively on Peacock no later than four months after their theatrical premieres. Both companies are subsidiaries of Comcast’s NBCUniversal.
The one-time multi-year agreement ensures that within an 18-month window, Universal films will be available on Peacock for the first and final four months. Films may be licensed to other services during the intervening 10 months.
Universal’s 2022 slate features “Jurassic World: Dominion”, “Minions: The Rise of Gru”, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and a new original film from “Get Out’s” Jordan Peele.
The studio will also begin to develop and produce exclusively Peacock content.
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NBCUniversal launched Peacock in 2020 as a competitive streamer for viewers’ eyes in the crowded marketplace which also includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney +, Apple TV +, CBS All Access, and HBO Max, as well as smaller players like YouTube. , Acorn TV, Crackle and Shudder.
The service, whose avian name comes from NBC’s long-standing moniker, is filled with a library of titles under the corporate umbrella of Comcast, including NBC series and Universal films such as “30 Rock,” ” Battlestar Galactica “and” The Office “.
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For the Tokyo Olympics, Peacock will broadcast women’s and men’s gymnastics, as well as every US team men’s basketball game, as well as the men’s and women’s 100-meter finals. Comcast, owner of NBC Universal, said Peacock reached 42 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2021.
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Contribution: Kelly Lawler and Scooby Axson, USA TODAY